The Kamloops local health area continues to buck the provincial COVID-19 case count trend.
While the province released the highest number of daily confirmed cases on March 31 (1,013), the numbers in the Kamloops area continue to drop.
In the latest weekly count, March 21 to March 27, there were 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kamloops local health area, a decrease from 56 cases the week before. The Kamloops area had been recording more than 100 cases per week for much of January and February (see table below).
Provincewide, the case count has now crested the 100,000 mark, with the vast majority of those infections being recorded in the Fraser (57,770) and Vancouver Coastal (24,230) health regions. Interior Health has had 8,545 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,500 have been in the Kamloops local health area.
As of March 31, there were 500 active cases in Interior Health, with 15 people in hospital, eight of whom were in intensive care.
The Kamloops local health area encompasses an area of 16,500 square kilometres, including Kamloops, Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake. The area has a a population of 117,500 and a population density of seven people per square kilometre.
The testing rate in B.C. is 421,391 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 724,908 people per one-million population. In Interior Heath, 216,647 tests had been administered as of March 31.
As of March 31, the province had administered 756,080 doses of vaccine, with about 100,000 of those entering the arms of residents in Interior Health.
By the numbers in the Kamloops local health region COVID-19 cases:
Jan. 3-9: 62
Jan. 10-16: 97
Jan. 17-23: 124
Jan. 24-30: 117
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: 161
Feb. 7-Feb. 13: 116
Feb. 14-Feb. 20: 78
Feb. 21-Feb. 27: 124
Feb. 28-March 6: 100
March 7-March 13: 42
March 14-March 20: 56
March 21-March 27: 30
The Kamloops local health area recorded 346 COVID-19 cases in 2020, accounting for about eight per cent of the total cases in Interior Health for the year. There were about 4,000 cases in the entire health region last year.